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Numerous factors affect how angels value a company. Primary are the strength of the management team and the size of the opportunity, or a company's potential to scale. Accompanying this article is a valuation worksheet that entrepreneurs can use to better understand what investors look for and to identify factors that can justify higher pre-money valuations. Investors will find it useful to compare companies and determine whether valuation should be higher or lower.
There are many ways to read financial statements. This information will add understanding to your own reading of your financial statements.
This article provides insight into fast growth company potential investors--venture capitalists.
This article provides several looks at simple depreciation, including one entrepreneur's example.
This article discusses the steps involved in the process of raising money from the first handshake to the cash-in-hand.
This article provides detailed explanations of terms proposed in investor term sheets and the effects of these terms on the entrepreneur.
This is a sample term sheet for a Series B round of financing.
This sample term sheet for a Series A round of financing details the major points of a hypothetical investment deal for a first-round ?Series A Convertible Preferred Stock? financing.
Raising money by selling equity to investors is a rare activity for companies, says CommonAngels' James Geshwiler. Not many CEOs get much practice or guidance on how to do this key task. This document is a sample template for entrepreneurs to use in pitching their companies to angel investors, and covers six main areas of risk and ability to generate return for investors.
Along with this sample Income Statement for a year old business, this tool provides a line-by-line explanation of the most common categories used to report profits.
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